For the past few years, husband-and-wife duo Matt and Emily Hyland have been drawing in crowds for their inventive pizzas and burgers at their Brooklyn shops Emily (in Clinton Hill) and Emmy Squared (in Williamsburg). Now, the couple has branched out with another Emily offshoot in Manhattan’s West Village, serving favorites from both restaurants, as well as brand-new Manhattan-only dishes.
“We’ve always meant [Emily] to be a very neighborhood-y spot where locals can come and have a beer and a pizza at the bar,” Ms. Hyland tells Thrillist of the couple’s first restaurant. Though it certainly feels casual and neighborhood-y, the restaurant's overnight-sensation status (thanks to word-of-mouth, persistently positive reviews, and a strong food hold on Instagram) turned it into something far bigger than that. Manhattan pizza-lovers, along with Clinton Hill locals, started flocking to Emily to get a taste of the wood-fired pizzas and famous dry-aged Emmy Burger, positioning the Pizza Loves Emily brand as one of the leaders of the modern New York pizza shop movement.